Gerald Tobola is a self taught artist. In 2003 he left the corporate world and transitioned from hobbyist to full time artisan. He works exclusively in copper. Gerald's first work was one of necessity as he explains, "I had a mesquite lamp in need of a shade, that in my mind had to be copper." Gerald found he was drawn to copper - a material that is malleable and forgiving but its surface unpredictable, each piece reacting to its environment, developing its own unique patina. His works have progressed from simple lamp shades to reliefs and 3-dimensional objects to include ornaments, luminaries and outdoor art. Gerald Tobola feels his work is just beginning to evolve, an evolution enhanced by the collaborative efforts of the artists of Craftsman Redefined.
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